Government spend on digital services passes £3bn mark

Thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now signed up to provide their digital, data and technology services to government, and public bodies are utilising their expertise to drive the UK’s digital transformation.

And this quarter’s newly published sales data shows that, out of deals totalling £3.2bn, 48% of this was spent with SMEs. This means that £1.43 out of every £3 is going to SMEs.

The latest figures arrive not long after the third birthday of the Digital Marketplace, created in 2014 by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and Government Digital Service (GDS) to make government procurement easier and more transparent.

The platform hosts CCS frameworks including G-Cloud, Digital Outcomes and Specialists and Crown Hosting Data Centres.

Niall Quinn, Director, Technology Strategic Category for CCS commented: “In the three years since Digital Marketplace was launched, we have overhauled the public sector procurement landscape, harnessing the expertise of innovative companies and giving thousands of SMEs the opportunity to supply to government for the first time.

“We’re now planning the next steps of our journey, making the platform and processes more commercial, more flexible and better tailored to the needs of users – both buyers and suppliers.”

The Digital Marketplace website recorded over 1 million visits in 2017, compared to the same number in the whole of the preceding two years.

However, a survey released last month suggested that SMEs are struggling to find clarity in public sector digital procurement.

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